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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

3. Sanitation: The Great Stink

03. Sanitation: The Great Stink

As Shakira (Jasmine Richards) cleans up the mess left after the raccoons upset the trash bins, she starts to wonder how one family could make so much garbage. Were human beings always this "gross"? Actually, they were, and even more so, as Timeblazers Sam (Mike Ackerman) and Jen (Heidi Leigh) are quick to prove as they look back at the squalid ways of old. For thousands of years people dumped garbage wherever they liked; food scraps were simply tossed onto the floor; and, in medieval times, garbage and human waste went right into the castle moat, turning it into a steaming, stagnant soup. Half the battle in storming a castle must have been just to keep from "losing your cookies" because of the stink and sludge. Of course, all that garbage attracted the rats, which, in turn, spread a terrible disease called The Plague or The Black Death, because people simply didn't make the connection between their foul ways and the dreadful scourge. In the days before toilets, people emptied their chamber pots out the windows, which quickly prompted a law requiring them to yell out a warning to those below! Then there was the "Great Stink of 1858," so named when the contents of London's old drains and cesspools overflowed into the Thames River, creating a stench that literally brought the city to its knees. It took centuries, but people finally figured out how staying clean was essential to staying alive. And after all that Shakira has just seen, cleaning up the scattered trash actually makes her feel quite civilized! 05/10DE/CC Closed-Captioned IJ 30 min.

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